Houston Deco: Houston's Modernistic Architecture
5425 Polk Ave.
Historic name: Hughes Tool Co.
Current name: Elias Ramirez State Office Building
Completed: 1942

Reliefs on the building depict the self-sharpening oil well drill bit that was the source of Howard Hughes' fortune.

above | façade, 2007
detail (top) | relief detail, 2007
detail (top) | parapet detail, 2007

Photo by Jim Parsons
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